The Hunter Wilkerson Memorial Golf Tournament proudly supports our local program, Mentors Care. Mentors Care works closely with school administrators and teachers to pair teens that are at risk for not graduating with a mentor whom the student meets with regularly. The mentor serves as a motivator for the student by reviewing grades and assignments to ensure they are improving academically all while providing the student with a caring friend in the process. The Mentors Care program is currently in four high schools including Midlothian, Midlothian Heritage, Maypearl and Palmer with plans to expand in efforts to support as many students as possible.
The best part about this program is that they have the statistics to prove that Mentors Care works! As seen on the Mentors Care website:
· 93% at-risk seniors projected not to graduate, Graduated
· 70% of at-risk students participating in Mentors Care, earned more credits then the previous year without a mentor
· 51% of at-risk students received community assistance because of their participation in Mentors care. This aids a student in being more successful in school due to meeting needs such as food, clothing, housing, etc.
As most family and friends of Hunter know, he was not the most motivated student since he was diagnosed with ADHD in the second grade. He was also 100% boy and would rather be outside hunting, fishing or hanging out with friends instead of doing homework. If it weren’t for the support from his parents and sister, he may have not even graduated high school on time. As his mother often joked, “Hunter, you did not graduate high school, WE graduated high school.” Many students in the surrounding area are not as blessed as Hunter was with the support that his family gave him, this is why Mentors Care is so near and dear to our hearts in addition to Hunter's dedication to helping others.
We want this program to prosper and grow so that is why we need your support!
For more information testimonies on Mentors Care, we encourage you to visit their website at http://mentors.care